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to be proud. this is an event being watched across the entire world. a short time ago president obama said egypt would never be the same. >> president obama has not always kept pace with a fast- moving crisis, but has thrown his moral authority behind the demonstrators. >> the people of egypt has spoken. egypt will never be the same. by stepping down president mubarak responded to the egyptian people's hunter for change. they have made it clear nothing less than genuine democracy will carry the dead. >> what a difference a few -- carried the day. >> americans and british were worried things would turn ugly. david cameron made a clear the army must hold onto power. >> those who run egypt have a duty to reflect the wishes of the egyptian people. there must be a move to democratic rule. >> people celebrated on the streets. there were far worse in his gaza. many are hoping for an egyptian government less friendly towards israel. >> [unintelligible] >> no celebration-televisa. many are concerned egypt is changing. >> it is not good for israel because it will create a state of uncertainty in the
must go without delay. president move -- president obama says this is not meaningful. >> welcome to bbc news. president mubarak of egypt has defied expectations by insisting he will not step down now, despite mass demonstrations against his rule. tens of thousands of protesters have gathered in tahrir square. it soon became clear that after 17 days of demonstrations, he was determined to stay on. the protestors expectation turned to gary. mr. mubarak said he would pass some power to his vice president, omar suleiman. >> the crowd in tahrir square grew steadily. by the time the president spoke, there were hundreds of thousands, waiting and hoping that mubarak was about to leave office. but it was not going to be that simple. >> i speak to you from the heart, as a father to my children. all those who spill the blood of protestors will be punished. >> he promised some powers would be transferred to the vice president, bush reiterated he would stay on until elections in september. >> from the morning, it was clear protests were spreading beyond the square. doctors and medical staff him out
. >> many remain on the streets. some say that it is too little too late. president obama says he has begin -- he has spoken with the egyptian leader. >> what i indicated tonight to president barack, that an orderly transition must be meaningful, peaceful and it must begin now. >> as people power transforms the landscape, many in the region brace themselves. hello and welcome. after 30 years of power, the egyptian president said he will not step down until the elections attempted murder. this statement came after hundreds of thousands of people -- the elections in september. this statement came after hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets. >> my first responsibility runout is to regain, instability in our home country. to ensure the peaceful transition of leadership and to ensure that the responsibility moves peacefully to whoever wins in the next election. i did not intend to stand again. i am now very determined to make sure that whenever i do, i finished my duty keeping the peace in egypt. >> however, there were signs that the gesture will the satisfy the international commu
leader says it's too little too late. president obama says he's spoken to the egyptian leader, urging him to recognize the need for change. >> when i -- what i indicated tonight to president mubarak. it's my belief that an orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful and it must be -- must begin now. >> as people power transforms egypt's political landscape, leaders across the middle east brace themselves. could they be next? >> hello and welcome to bbc news. after 30 years in power, president hosni mubarak has told the egyptian people that he won't be standing in the country's elections in september. his statement came after hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets across the country to demand his resignation. speaking on state television, he said he'd ask parliament to introduce political and economic reforms and wanted to see a peaceful transition of power. >> right now is to regain calm and stability in our home country, to ensure the peaceful transition of leadership and to ensure that the responsibility goes very peacefully to whoever the people of egypt cho
. >> president obama has condemned the violence against anti- government protesters. mr. obama warned that the stability depended on meaningful political reform. security forces again opened fire on demonstrators. the u.s. and the united kingdom has ended all but the central travel. >> it is in crisis. protesters tried to march to the city center again. this is the response. the police and the army are using teargas and bullets. on the day they bury their dead, there is more bloodshed in the streets. dozens are wounded, some of them critically. the cries of others have fallen on deaf ears. it is far from over. he was buried today, one of six protesters to die this week. he was shot dead by the police. across town, the supporters took to the streets. much of it belongs to the minority. the poor here are overwhelmingly muslim. no surprise that these are the people that make up the both of the protesters. >> it makes a difference. >> it has the potential to shape the rest of the region. not just for the oil, but the strategic military. >> there is a strong religious element to it. it is
been shaken in the region with these pro- democracy protests. >> it is the first veto by the obama administration, but to many people, it looked like american business as usual, really. >> you had the administration coming in and promising better relations with the muslim world. you also had president obama, his rhetoric -- very strongly, lately, behind the pro-democracy demonstrators, behind the rule of law in the arab world. that was his rhetoric that the arab protesters world, but the decisive action he has taken that b.c. is to defend israel in the security council on an issue like settlements, where, frankly, the united states was very isolated. there were 14 votes for the resolution. that is everybody else on the security council. the resolution was co-sponsored by some 130 countries. there's almost no other issue there is greater consensus, and americans stood out today as being isolated in their veto of the resolution. >> many thanks for that. the bbc has obtained new information that questions whether mi5 could have done more to prevent the london bombings in 2005. the inq
of progress in discussions over the transfer of power with egypt's vice president. president obama urges president mubarak to listen to the people and calls for change in egypt to begin now. >> in light of what's happened over the last two weeks, going back to the old ways is not going to work. >> welcome to bbc news broadcasting to viewers on pbs in america and right around the globe. tension escalates between thailand and cambodia. both sides blame each other. and the husband of the shot u.s. congresswoman says he's going to resume training for the final flight of the space shuttle endeavour. thousands of people as well stayed in central cairo after another huge rally demanding the resignation of egyptian president hosni mubarak. there are reporting of gunfire near the square. protests build friday as the day of departure but president mubarak is still hanging on to power. activists are saying that, although they plan demonstration, people are encouraged to return to work. >> from early this morning, they were celebrating what they were calling the day of the departure with special cha
regime, hundreds have violently died. president obama says it must end. >> the suffering and bloodshed is outrageous and unacceptable. so are threats and orders to shoot peaceful protesters. >> the key parts of the country slipping out of government control, thousands flee. welcome to "bbc world news," broadcast on pbs in america and around the globe. coming up later, hundreds still missing, the search efforts continue following new zealand's powerful earthquakes. >>> the crisis in libya is becoming increasingly volatile. that are reports up to 600 dead and the army being used against its own people. chaos on libya's borders with thousands of fleeing the feared bloodbath. president obama described the violence as outrageous. he said his administration was looking at a full range of options for dealing with the crisis. >> we strongly condemn the use of violence in libya. the american people send our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of all who have been killed and injured. the suffering and bloodshed is outrageous and unacceptable. so are threats and orders to shoot pea
will not be happy with this parliament. >> as many prepare with another night on the streets, barack obama says he wants change in egypt to start now. >> in light of what has happened over the last two weeks, going back to the old ways is not gone to work. -- doubling to work. >> welcome to "bbc world news," broadcast to our viewers on pbs in america, also around the globe. my name is mike embley. coming up later for you -- per month names its first civilian president in half a century, but he is a former army general. and on the rocks. the true story of the shipwreck called whiskey galore. hello to you. it had not been one of egypt's protesters promise, a day of departure, but an 11th day of demonstration has seen hundreds of thousands in the streets urging president mubarak and his government to go now. the bbc is sold the vice- president is expected to meet leading opposition figures within days. the muslim brotherhood has told us they will not attend while he is in power. protesters still plan regular demonstrations, but people are being encouraged to go home. >> the evening from cairo. today,
obama told audiences that an event in michigan that we're witnessing history unfold. a very optimistic but short statement from mr. obama. evans in cairo suggesting rather different picture. in some sense, washington has got what it has been pushing for behind-the-scenes for some time. mr. mubarak handed over power to his vice-president, talking about constitutional amendments, but he is insisting he will stay in place through elections in september and talked only of opening the door to lifting egypt's emergency law. from the pictures we have seen in cairo, it is not what to the protesters wanted. i do not think it is what mr. obama had in mind. he is right now on air force one traveling back to washington and it will be interesting to see how quickly he does or does not come out to make a public statement about this. i think the white house will say what it has said throughout, we must watch and wait and this crucial line that has been repeated again and again, the egyptian people are going to be the drivers of this process. washington wants to be on the right side of history in the
obama has just been speaking. in all of this, the military will play a key role. >> there is no doubt at all what people want. >> everyone has one demand. mubarak must go and he must go now. but who or what will replace him? for nearly 60 years, this country has been run by the military. hosni mubarak, like his predecessor, was a military general. in 1981, and more sadat was assassinated. mubarak was bundled to safety and the presidency. egypt has the eighth largest army in world. if mubarak those, his replacement will almost certainly come from the military. -- if mubarak goes. the most likely candidate is the vice president's. last night, he made this promise. >> in this time, we can do what president mubarak has said. and we can do more. when a new president will come, you will have more time to make any changes you want. >> but egypt's most important ally now says that is not enough. >> need a broad and credible representation of egypt's civil society and political factions, to begin immediately, during negotiations for an orderly transition. >> but mubarak supporters warn if the
obama has condemned the violence used by security forces in bahrain. in a telephone call, mr. obama warns the stability of the gulf state depended on meaningful political reform. at least 50 protesters were wounded when security forces opened fire on demonstrators. this time as they're trying to occupy pearl square. the u.s. and u.k. warrant their nationals against travel to bahrain. >> bahrain is in crisis. protesters tried to march to the center center -- march to the city center again. this was the response. the police and army are using tear gas and bullets. on the day they buried their dead, there was more bloodshed on the streets. dozens were wounded. some were critically wounded. >> they calls for restraint from britain and the others have fallen on deaf ears. the violence in the small gulf state is far from over. >> she has lost a son. he was buried today. one of six protesters to die this week. he was shot by the police. he was killed for a cause of rooted in this country's division. >> people want to stop discrimination. people want to stop the systematic torture going on
until we die. >> u.s. president barack obama has been talking to british prime minister david cameron. they have agreed to coordinate all possible measures. obama has also spoken to the french president, nicolas sarkozy and the italian prime minister, silvio berlusconi about the international response. on friday, the u.n. human rights council will meet in geneva to discuss the crisis. the united states wants libya thrown out of the council. >> we support expelling libya from the human rights council. the libyan government has violated the rights of its people. taking this step continues the increased isolation that the libyan government is facing. >> at tripoli airport, scores of people try to get a ticket out of libya. thousands have already managed to leave. these evacuees flown to italy by military plane. >> quite an interesting area to be in. >> a day of mass protest is planned in libya on friday, with continued pressure on colonel gaddafi to step down, it is difficult to see how he can stay on as leader of this troubled country. >> my league is leading our demoverple cairo. hello
as prisons, is still open despite the obama pledges. but have conditions improved? first, the leading egyptian opposition figure has been talking with christian freezer. he says that no one really knows who is running the country. >> the purpose of the demonstration is obvious, that we have not seen any of the demands of the peaceful revolution that took place a couple of weeks ago with millions of people in the streets being implemented. all that we see is, first, military bulletin's every two days saying that this is what will happen. next week, this is what will happen. then the week after. but what is the road path? how will we do this transition? that is crucial to the future. nobody knows. >> has the army come to talk to you about what they will do? >> absolutely not that is what makes everybody apprehensive. they have not talked with anybody. they have not talked to mr. >> , mr. why, in mr. izzy. -- mr. x, mr. y, and mr. z. the demands go to the heart of every egyptian. we have a radical shift from 30 years under mubarak into a democracy and social justice. i do not think they
the implications for the tourism industry in legitimate. the protest opposing a policy for president obama's administration both mr. obama and secretary of state hillary hillary have been criticized for being slow to grasp the upheavily in egypt and demands to oust president mubarak. the administration has now dispatched annen sroeu to cairo. with more from washington. >> for 30 years u.s. presidents have come and gone but it has always been the same egyptian president coming to visit. is president obama the last u.s. leader to host hosni mubarak? maybe that is what the white house thinks but it is not saying so yet. instead, it is talking about an orderly transition. >> the way egypt looks and operates must change. that is why away believe we should increase the amount of freedom that is had by the egyptian people but that is not for us to determine thele parameters and limits. >> the white house can point to past history. president obama called for orderly change when he visited egypt two years ago but now there is more at stake. egypt has huge strategic importance to the u.s. it control
. president obama welcomes mubarak's departure, saying it's just the beginning of egypt's transition to democracy. >> the people of egypt have spoken. their voices have been heard. and egypt will never be the same. >> but as the protesters celebrate in cairo's tahrir square, many are asking what will happen now? >> welcome to "bbc news." we're broadcasting in the u.k. and right around the world. i'm alistair yates. there are scenes of rejoicing around egypt as they celebrate the news their president mubarak has resigned after 30 years in power. the vice president announced that the military had been placed in charge of the country, prompting a deafening yell of approval. this is the scene in the square at the moment, just after 4:00 a.m. local time. many people, as you can see, still there, reluctant to go home, wanting to enjoy this historic day. our middle east editor looks back at the last day of hosni mubarak's presidency. >> in the end, the announcement came suddenly and in tahrir square they were taken by surprise. but the news only took a few seconds to sink in. people who had
, they will be in malta. >> president obama has called the leaders of britain, france, and italy to discuss the response to the crisis. it can't be very encouraging that their meeting with the interior ministers. we have relations with these people and we have to bear in mind that they supply our energy. >> that is also something that president obama is thinking about. even though the u.s. imports no libyan oil itself, because of the risk to oil supplies to europe, china, and other parts of asia, it is driving up the price. gas prices are all very high in the u.s.. it is something that the americans are watching very closely. president obama has said that he believes that with strategic reserves, it is possible for the u.s. to ride it out. there is another factor in this crisis that limits the response that the outside world is taking. so far, an international action, there is very little concrete hard action that will put real pressure. >> the white house is watching his statements, but what contact is there on the government level? >> all we know is that one of the senior state department officials ha
from the north. president obama said the united states will formally recognize them as the independent state. >> a moment in history in the capital of the country about to split into. 98.3% of sumner's -- it was more for some to take. it has inspired many around the world. race came in from barack obama at the ceremony itself. -- praise came in from barack obama and the ceremony itself. >> in to resolve any differences that may arise, and by peaceful means. >> the president met his old enemy, the former rebel. he promised in the south would be allowed to secede. >> we have the results today. they express the wish of the people of the south. >> the new country is going to be born. independence will not happen until july. there will be tough negotiations. after separation, it will be under developed and unstable. the south has most of the oil. now in five short months, they will be able to raise the flag of their own country. already, the celebration has started. >> this is bbc news. still ahead, how it will help predict weather here on earth. buyers on the outskirts of paris have destro
have a new friend. after days of hesitation, president obama has thrown his weight behind their causation that passion and dignity was an inspiration to the world. >> the people of egypt, particularly the young people of egypt, i want to be clear, we hear your voices. >> today's violence is a challenge to the orderly change the west wants. in london, the prime minister flanked by the u.n.'s ban ki-moon condemned it. >> if it turned out that the regime that be tolerating this violence, that would be completely and utterly unacceptable. >> that was echoed in washington where they called the violence outrageous, deploreable. >> if any of the violence was instigated by the government, it should stop immediately. >> before the trouble fled. president obama spoke to president mubarak for half a an hour. he was direct and candid and his message was the time for change is now. how soon is that? the president's press secretary had a way of putting it. now is yesterday. officials are blunt. they want mubarak to go as soon as possible. for 30 years, the parade of american presidents
denied his regime or supporters were responsible for it. he told me president obama did not ask for him to go immediately. he said he thought president obama was a very good man, but he said, "i told obama you don't understand the egyptian culture and what would happen if i step down now. if i resign today, there will be chaos and the muslim brotherhood would take over." for now, president mubarak remains in the presidential palace with his family. there had been widespread rumors that his son had fled, perhaps to london, but we saw him there when we spoke to him. president mubarak told me, "i would never run away from this country. i will die on this soil," and he defended his legacy, recounting the many years he spent leading this country. after my meeting with president mubarak, i sat down for an exclusive interview with his new vice president. i asked whether he would ever authorize the army to use force against the anti-government protesters, and he insisted repeatedly he would never order force against the protesters. he hoped they would go home. he said he hopes, "they don't foll
like president obama warned the administration in general had foreseen. the event and when they started unfolding they had a very difficult time responding -- it does not seem like president obama warned the administration in general had foreseen the events. the administration has been trying to hedge its bets in terms of what side it should be on. they don't want to let go of a 30-year-old friend in president mubarak but at the same time they can't stand and -- against the will of the egyptian people and an overwhelmingly pro- democracy revolution. they are in a very difficult position. >> let's look back over the last, nearly three weeks. do you think america and now today has less or more influence as in the beginning? >> i think it has significantly less influence than it did had at any point in time. again, the administration appears confused. they don't seem to know what to do or even what is going to take place in cairo. yesterday president obama gave his speech in michigan, indicating that president mubarak was about to leave, and the same from the cia director, but at the end o
with us. was it not a response -- was it not a mistake for president obama to call for change and to call for change now? what we have seen unfold is a result of what some would say is things happening too quickly. >> his calls for change were well calibrated to the different demands, the demands of the people in the streets as well as what the united states wants. he has been criticized extensively in washington by advocates for democracy and the has -- advocates for democracy that he has not gone far enough. >> the problem with america trying to influence events -- i've heard this time and time again, especially from pro- democracy supporters. america's record, from their point of view, is not great. after all, they've supported this man for the better part of 30 years. >> that's right. that is now a consistent complaint and it has a lot of valid points. again, there's a broader context that this relationship has grown out of the peace treaty between israel and egypt and the u.s. bankrolls that treaty. obviously, it has developed a deep relationship with egypt with the military, with th
. guantanamo bay still open, despite the obama pledges. have conditions improved? fashionable fad or a emerging classic? we talked to a new breed of ethical designers as london fashion week starts strutting its stuff on the catwalk. it is midday in london, 7:00 a.m. in washington, and 3:00 p.m. in bahrain, where burials have been taking place for three protesters killed by security forces on thursday. tens of thousands have emerged on the streets of the capital, manama, once again. calls for revolution and the overthrow of the ruling family. this is the latest in protests that were sparked by events in tunisia and of course the revolution in egypt. the unrest has spread across the region from north africa to the middle east and on into the gulf. in libya, human rights activists believe 24 people have died as authorities crackdown on anti- government demonstrators. >> funerals for victims' of the protests in bahrain. a non democratic post western ally and ruled by a monarchy, whose foundations may now be under threat. the victims died in police clashes when the protests was violently clear. secu
. president obama said the sanctions would target the assets of colonel qaddafi, members of his family and the libyan government while at the same time protect the interest of the libyan people. britain and france have drafted the u.n. security council resolution, which calls for an arms embargo as well as multilateral sanctions. earlier i spoke to our correspondent in new york. the timing was important because the president waited until the evacuation of all u.n. nationals from libya before imposing sanctions. >> that was a concern for the united states and some other european countries who have quite a lot of nationals in libya to be seen to be taking strong action while their citizens were still at risk in the country. now president obama has formalized what his officials announced earlier today, which is the position of financial sanctions, particularly they are freezing the assets and the property of libyan individuals and government in the united states. so the individuals include the family members of colonel mumetar qaddafi, senior liberal officials designated by the u.s. treas
. >> a short while ago, i spoke to a correspondent in washington, steve kingston. i asked him how the obama administration has reacted to president mubarak's position. >> it won't come as any surprise to the americans, they've seen hosni mubarak dig in, they've seen senior figures within his government in effect say back off to the americans, you don't understand our country. and hosni mubarak seems to be saying that if he goes now, there will be the decent into chaos and confrontation, which, of course, is the worst case scenario for the americans. they see a -- it very differently. president obama has publicly said that hosni mubarak must go now, but privately, that does appear to be the view of the administration, and at all levels and in all contacts, they are trying to impress that view on hosni mubarak, that he must go soon. >> and what do you think will be said next in the united states? because we've had the comments. we haven't heard anything specifically from president obama yet. what happens next? >> it's just been announced that barack obama will take questions on this for the f
of their leader who like hosni mubarak has been leadership for 30 years. first, the obama administration has called for political reform in yemen. but the volume is rather lower when it speaks to iran. >> "bbc world news" washington. >> catching up with sports news. chelsea? >> no. spent over $100 million in the january transfer and now wondering if they kept their receipt, because both players they signed drew nil-nil with following in the primary league. british's most expensive player, fernando still looking for his first goal at his new club. cost over $80 million. now played two games without finding the net. >> well, it could have been much worse. chelsea's signing of david luis gave away a penalty, but all in all another disappointing night for the chelsea manager. >> the performer was good. we are not happy for the result, obviously. but the performance, i think the second was really good. we showed a good play. we showed players are if it and in good condition. we were not able to score. but sometimes it can happen. don't be lucky and we will try again tonight. >> doesn't look like
. >> there was an effort launched by president obama last year, and it is already floundering. united states says a deal between israel and palestinians is essential to achieving peace in the region, but the deputy foreign minister is not so sure. >> the palestinian problem is not central to the stability in the middle east. president obama -- >> president obama and the european union would disagree with that. >> i am sorry. we respectfully disagree. we are allies and friends, but we have to look at the facts. >> how the events in egypt may react -- affect the palestinian-israel situation. we need to get a deal before it is too late. others say it is hard to make progress when there are so many uncertainties in the region. bbc news, jerusalem. >> this was to be the day of the summing up in the hague of the defense lawyers for charles taylor, but they have been adjourned until friday, as mr. taylor and his lawyer failed to turn up. mr. taylor is accused of fuelling the civil war in sierra leone in the 1990's and is charged with 11 counts of war crimes. peter barnes was there to witness how the judge and
power. the u.s. president barack obama has called on the country's military to ensure a tradition -- transition to genuine democracy. >> a very warm welcome to bbc world news america and around the globe. in a dramatic turn of events, the egyptian president hosni mubarak has stepped down. the announcement came after 2.5 weeks of huge street protests in cairo and other cities. it was greeted with ecstatic jubilation. the power now rests with egypt's armed forces. >> welcome to the egyptian capital cairo, a country which exploded in celebration hours ago with the announcement that president hosni mubarak, president for the last 29 years, was resigning and that the army, the military council was not taking over. this may now be a military rule in egypt, but in the streets below, not just in cairo but in cities across this country, the people feel that the victory is theirs. as i look in all directions from where we are broadcasting it again tonight, the streets are absolutely packed with traffic. a long line of lights and horns blaring, the flags are waving everywhere you go. people
denied that his regime were supporters were responsible for it. he told me that president obama had not asked for him to go immediately. he said that he thought president obama was a very good man. but he said, "i told obama, you do not understand egyptian culture and what would happen if i step down right now." again he said, "if i resign today, there will be chaos and the muslim brotherhood will take over." he remains at the presidential palace with his family. there have been widespread rumors that they had fled, perhaps to london or dubai. but we saw them there. president mubarak told me, "i would never run away from this country. i will die on the soil." and he defended his legacy, recounting the many years he spent serving the country. >> president mubarak has made a number of concessions since the uprising took hold, many of which might have been amazing in the old egypt. our world affairs editor considers what options now remain open to him. >> 40 years at the top of egyptian politics, 30 of them as president. mubarak has been america's top asset in the middle east. he has b
with the military. the generals say they will guarantee reform. president obama welcomes mubarak's departure saying it's just the beginning of ejiment's transition to democracy. -- egypt's transition to democracy. >> the people have spoken, their voices and egypt will never be the same. >> but as the protesters continue to celebrate in cairo's tahir square, many are asking what will happen now? >> welcome to bbc news. broadcasting in the u.k. and right around the world. there are scenes of rejoicing across egypt as hundreds of thousands of people celebrate the news of their president, hosni mubarak, has resigned after 30 years in power. the vice president oscar suleiman announced on television that the military had been placed in charge of the country. prompting a devinning roar of approval from the -- deafening roar of approval from tahir square. this is the scene in that square now. it's just after 6:00 local time there. many reluctant to go home. wanting to ensure their place in history. our middle east editor jeremy bowen looks back at the last day of hosni mubarak's presidency. >> in the end,
away. >> the demonstrators have a new friend. after days of hesitation, president obama has thrown his weight behind their cause saying that passion and the mindy was an inspiration to the world. >> people of egypt, i want to be clear, we hear your voices. >> today's violence was a challenge to the order of the change that the west wants. ban ki-moon condemned it. if it turns out that the regime has been sponsoring or tolerating this violence, that would be completely and utterly unacceptable. >> the white house called the violence out regis and deplorable. >> if any of the violence is instigated by the government, it should stop immediately. >> president obamas spoke to mubarak for half an hour. he was said to be frank, direct, and candid. what do the americans mean by now? how soon is that. the president's press secretary had a way of putting it. now is yesterday. they want mubarak to go as soon as possible. for years, american presidents have seen mubarak as an indispensable ally. he has been backing the middle east peace process and a bowl worked -- a bulwark against islamic extrem
. >> the obama administration is discussing a proposed deal with the egyptian officials that would have mubarak resign immediately. they gave more details about the discussions. >> this is a story that has arab officials and white house diplomats that among the the options being discussed is a proposition that would see mubarak step down immediately and his newly appointed vice president take over as the head of the traditional -- transitional government with the backing of the defense secretary, the head of the army, and the white house sees the deal with the voice of opposition voices including the muslim brotherhood including opening up the democratization of egypt. a pretty strongly worded story from "the new york times." he was telling journalists that the president said that the president said that now is time to begin any reasonable and orderly transition. we have discussed a number of ways to move out for it. the white house is not denying that this plan exists and is being discussed with the egyptians. a senior administration official suggests that it is wrong to think that there is on
messages they are relating to the egyptians and president mubarak. in public, the obama administration has been very careful not to be seen that it is dictating what a foreign leader needs to be doing. on the other hand, it also does want to make clear that it understands the grievances of the egyptian people, but it once the egyptian people to be able to choose to their next leader is -- it wants the egyptian people to be able to choose. there is a meeting between hillary clinton and the security council and others going on right now, and we will have to see if they come out with a statement later today. there is concern about the rising tension in the country. they do feel that the army is behaving very adequately. we have heard some kind of praise almost from admiral mike mullen, the chief of staff. he seems to think that the army was behaving very well because of its calls to protesters not to lose, because of its recognition of what it called the disagreement of protesters -- calls to protesters not to loot, but the more the protests continue, the more there is a fear of continued cha
will not step down. protesters say he should go now. president obama said that we now all live in a connected world. what happens in cairo and affects all of us. >> president mubarak retains his title, but says he is turning over his powers to his vice- president. moments later, the vice president appeared on egyptian state television. >> i would like to stress that i am committed to do whatever i can to achieve a peaceful transfer of power. this was unexpected in washington. in a statement, president obama said it was not clear whether the changes were immediate, meaningful or sufficient. but clarification soon came from the egyptian investor to washington who told one interviewer that the vice president was now in control. speaking on abc news, the israel defense minister said that there would be not -- there would not be a heard transfer of power. >> usually, and irruption of idealist sentiment -- on the eruptian eruption of idealist sentiment. >> elsewhere, the french president nicolas sarkozy's said that he hopes that egypt will move towards democracy and another form of dictatorship. in
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